David C. Dunlap began playing the organ under unusual circumstances. When his father considered enrolling in organ classes with the Mott Adult Education Foundation Program in Flint, Michigan, his father was too nervous to go by himself. So he took eleven-year-old David along for moral support. They both ended up enrolling, making David the youngest person ever to study in the adult program.
He quickly surpassed his father in playing skills and when it became apparent that he possessed a blossoming talent, began private study in organ with several teachers. At twelve he was playing for church services in his home church, and at thirteen was appointed head of the music program. He studied music at Mott College, coached with such “greats” as Robert Elmore and Ted Alan Worth and served churches in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Florida as a conductor and director in a classical music career spanning 40 years.
He is a Past Dean of the Flint Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and was the founding director of the Lansing (Michigan) Chapter of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. As a concert artist, he has appeared with the Symphony of the Americas Summerfest, performing as guest artist with the Greek Hellenic Camerata Orchestra of Athens, Greece, the Mendelssohn Chamber Orchestra of Budapest, Hungary, and the Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra of Hohenems, Austria.
Toward the end of the first decade of the new millennium, David Dunlap took a markedly different turn in his music career when he discovered the Wersi instrument, with all its possibilities. When he began making music with the Wersi, a friend (a professional pianist) suggested a duo. The friend, Pennington, and he began working on a new concept: Mr. Dunlap would play orchestration to Mr. Pennington’s solo piano. The results were amazing. At a recent concert one enthusiastic concert-goer said, “If you close your eyes, it’s like listening to an orchestra.”